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Celebrity Makeup Artist Jay Manuel: Charlize Theron Had Best Oscars Look

Tue, March 5, 2013 2:48pm EDT by Emily Longeretta Add first Comment

With all the gorgeous looks at this year’s Academy Awards, designer and fashion guru Jay Manuel has chosen his best dressed and favorite makeup look from the awards, and is sharing it with exclusively!

Jay Manuel is best known for being the photo shoot director on America’s Next Top Model‘s first 18 seasons. Since he knows everyone in Hollywood, he had quite a bit to say about the fashion and beauty from the biggest award show of the year — Oscars night.

“There were so many great dresses,” Jay exclusively told at the launch party of the new Lane Bryant flagship store on 34th street. But of course, he had a few favorites, including Naomi Watts.

“I think the dress was inspired by the Chrysler building,” Jay said of Naomi’s asymmetrical Giorgio Armani gown.

However, his all-time favorite dress came on the actress who he recently voted worst dressed.

“I’m going to have to say Jessica Chastain,” Jay said at the party. “She redeemed herself for me from the Golden Globes – I wasn’t a fan, I can’t lie – in Calvin Klein. I’ve always believed that fashion is about proportion and playing with those proportions. We know what happened — the girls weren’t looking so flattering.”

‘The girls’ as he referred to them did look flattering in her gold beaded gown at the Oscars, and looked – as Jay referred to – “like this gold statue” in her Armani Prive gown.

Best Makeup Looks At The Oscars

Makeup was hard to judge at the awards as everyone was so stunning. While Jennifer Lawrence stood out to the designer, he ranked Charlize Theron his top pick.

“Everyone really looked so beautiful,” the 40-year-old fashionista said. “Charlize Theron, but can she ever do wrong? And that Dior gown looked perfect on her because of the short hair.”

Getting Affordable Red Carpet Looks (Fast)

While not all of us can afford to get our hair and makeup done every morning, Jay shared that it doesn’t cost a fortune to have a great look — even super glamorous looks, thanks to some help from YouTube.

“I think women should definitely go out and shop at the drug store level,” Jay said. “I’m a fan of Michelle Phan. I love the fact that she really does embrace that drug store brand and she shows someone how to get that off-the-runway look.”

Another thing many women don’t have? Time. While some stars on the carpet have spent hours primping, some of us are doing our makeup in a rush in the morning before work. So, what are the essentials?

“Most women want at least mascara,” Jay said, adding that it gives its own definition so you can go without liner. “Too many people get lost in the details — you know, the shadowing and high-lighting and low-lighting. I always say ‘do what people are going to see.'”

“One of the products that goes really under the radar most of the year, but people talk about in summer is bronzers. They think it’s something to give you this sun-kissed look, but really a bronzer is an amazing product that gives the skin a glow, but it can give dimensions. So in the winter, instead of using it all over your face, what about just taking a blush-sized brush instead of a powder brush and take it out along your hair line, temples and along your cheekbones; it’s giving natural dimensions to your face without looking contour.”

Did you hear that ladies? It’s simple and quick to get a glamorous look!

“If you have no time to do anything else, mascara, bronzer, maybe a touch of concealer, you could be done in a minute,” Jay made sure to say.

So, HollywoodLifers, will you take his tips?

— Emily Longeretta

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